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Duke of Marlborough

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Bar, Seafood, European, Soups, New Zealand, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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35 The Strand, Russell 0202, New Zealand
+64 9-403 7829
11:30 - 22:30
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Sun - Sat 11:30 - 22:30
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Canmore, Canada
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179 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Great lunch spot in Russell, beachside view and decks outside. Great selection of drinks and beers, food tasty and reasonable as anywhere else. Charming inside being a hotel and restaurant in a property from the 1800's. Delicious fish and chips, and grilled calamari salad! Fast efficient service, deck for outside and air conditioned inside. Place is especially busy over noon... More 

Thank Coreen S
Noosa, Australia
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86 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We dined here twice. Once as a couple, which was very good, then with friends. We shared the lamb shoulder the second time which was great. Service was a bit hit and miss but we had a good time all the same.

Thank Andrew T
Medford, Oregon
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56 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We had the lamb shoulder and it was just terrific. I started with the seafood chowder, and it was right up to the main in quality. As a place to spend an evening of good food and great ambience, this would be difficult to beat.

Thank Rickberlet
Victoria, Australia
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86 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Being a frequent visitor to the area when on vacation We finally got to experience a lunch at the 'Duke'. Wow what a meal. My wife had the smoke fish salad, which was a beautiful, well flavoured salad that would have done justice to any fine dining site, it was gorgeous. I chose the burger and it didn't let the... More 

Thank Peter M
Invercargill, New Zealand
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98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Everything about this restaurant is excellent. The staff are complete professionals, the meals are delicious and presented to temp both the eye and palate. Of course the ambience is of a high standard but without pretentious, it just feels comfortable and welcoming. The view from the veranda is super of course, we were too late to book a table there... More 

Thank ginadigger
Albion Park, New South Wales, Australia
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19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a great meal at The Duke of Marlborough starting with the best seafood chowder we have tasted in NZ. The view over bay to Paihia was lovely as the sunset.

Thank Troy B
Vasteras, Sweden
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152 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Tried the burger and it was very tasty. One of us ordered the smoked fish sallad, and was not satisfied at all. To little food, so she get some of our burger portion.

Thank Protjam
Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

What a great location to sit and relax and enjoy a glass of wine and enjoy good food, We had the leg of lamb to share just wonderful

Thank sfrayner56
New Zealand
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687 reviews
250 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This is always the highlight of our trips up North, and we've never been disappointed. Recently we went to do the coast to coast cycle trail and introduced our friends to the great food and ambience of this hotel and now they have it on the top of their list to re-visit.

Thank Narziss
Taupo, New Zealand
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8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Every time I've been lucky enough to dine at the 'Duke' it's been the same, outstanding food, fabulous setting, excellent drink selection and great service! It's a must do when visiting Russell and it's always a meal I remember for a long time.

Thank Karanw09

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Bar, Seafood, European, Soups, New Zealand, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Television, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, View, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 35 The Strand, Russell 0202, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Northland Region  >  Bay of Islands  >  Russell
  • Phone Number: +64 9-403 7829

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?